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This week we look at how important it is to outline your story before jumping into writing the draft.  

Most writers write their stories without spending quality time on their story and scene outlines, thinking that it will only be needed once the draft is done, or when required during the development process, but it is one of the most important and valuable assets in the writing process.

Take a closer look at how to outline your story and the process of writing your first draft. 

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3 Inspirational Writing Courses

During the last 22 years The Writing Studio has shaped the successful careers of many of South Africa’s leading filmmakers and storytellers, and is now honing the skills of future writers in the art and craft of storytelling.

If you want to write your story The Writing Studio offers three courses that will help you realise your dream:

  • You have a story locked up inside you that The Write Journey will unleash and guide you from inspiration to writing a screenplay the world wants to experience on the big screen or television. Read more
  • The Write Novel is an interactive, intimate and introspective journey into the world of story, empowering you to take ownership of the creative journey, and creative expression. Read more
  • Are you guilty of spending more time talking about your writing, than actually sitting down and putting words to paper? If you find it difficult to start writing, not sure what medium to write for, or what to write,our  motivational and inspirational The Write Voice will empower you with the write skills.Read more

Let's Go To The Movies

Big screen entertainment is back in South African cinemas this week, launching with Space Jam: A New Legacy! on 30 July. 

Read more about the Latest and Upcoming Film Releases

Story & Script Editing

If you have completed the draft of a screenplay, stageplay, or manuscript for a novel, it is vital to find out whether or not your story works. It could mean the end of all your hard work and your career as a writer if you hand poorly written and undeveloped projects over to producers, directors, publishers or potential investors.

If you want your script or manuscript polished professionally, The Writing Studio will turn your copy into exciting and thrilling narrative, into words and images that jump off the page and characters that resonate.

The journey with my screenplay editor, Daniel Dercksen (The Writing Studio)  has been smooth sailing. In fact – it was blissful!  The organic and creative nature of the collaborative process was very rewarding and uplifting. 
Libé Ferreira – Former Head of Drama department at The National School of the Arts / Former Writer, Casting Director, Acting Coach at Franz Marx Films (Screenplay: What’s In Your Suitcase, 2020)

Daniel was a most valuable and expert pair of eyes recently when I had to convert a story to a short film script. I would highly recommend him to anyone looking to polish a script to be submitted with confidence. Will most certainly turn to him again with future scripts. “Many thanks. You were definitely the right person to consult. Very happy with the final outcome.”

Savyra Meyer-Lippold (Illustrator, animator, copywriter & screenwriter: )

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2D meets 3D in a Modern Re-imagining

With this intricate blend of classic and CG animation work, high-concept storyline, and industry-hopping star power, Space Jam: A New Legacy represents a booming new voice in entertainment cinema.

With the animated/live-action event Space Jam: A New Legacy, basketball champion and global icon LeBron James goes on an epic adventure alongside timeless Tune Bugs Bunny, Lola Bunny and the whole gang of notoriously undisciplined Looney Tunes.

The film is directed by Malcolm D. Lee and features an innovative filmmaking team including Ryan Coogler and Maverick Carter, from a screenplay by Juel Taylor & Tony Rettenmaier & Keenan Coogler & Terence Nance and Jesse Gordon and Celeste Ballard, story by Juel Taylor & Tony Rettenmaier & Keenan Coogler & Terence Nance and Terence Nance.  Based on “Space Jam,” written by Leo Benvenuti & Steve Rudnick and Timothy Harris & Herschel Weingrod.

Go behind the scenes of how Space Jam: A New Legacy was crafted

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The Writing Studio’s exclusive in depth articles on filmmaking and screenwriting show how inspiration instills passion, how ideas are born,  nurtured and realised, how the conventions of genre are challenged, themes explored to its fullest, and characters brought to life.

These personal notes from producers reveal to what extent filmmakers and screenwriters will go to realise their dreams and make the most of each story they tell.

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During the last 22 Years The Writing Studio has taken many leading filmmakers in South Africa from first idea to success on the big screen locally and internationally.
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